Yes, you can become a foster parent during times of Covid. Wisconsin foster parents are needed more to begin the process and qualify to become a foster parent. With time on our hands during this COVID stay-at-home order there are many steps that can be completed toward getting a foster care license now.
We are actively receiving referrals from counties across Wisconsin. When a county does not have a home that can accommodate a sibling group or child, a referral is made to a private foster agency like Community Care Resources. Those referrals have not slowed down in the last 12 months. We continue to place children of all ages in all areas of the state. Unfortunately, we do not have enough homes for all of the children.
We have seen many toddler pairs, elementary sibling groups, and overwhelming numbers of teens in recent months. The good news is that our foster families continue to accept new placements while practicing safe, social distancing, and masking orders. The bad news is, we simply do not have enough foster homes to accommodate the number of referrals we continue to get during these unprecedented times of Covid in Wisconsin.
CCR is a statewide foster agency with foster families in 35 counties across Wisconsin. We receive 40-50 referrals every month from counties all over the state. Sadly, we are able to place children in loving homes less than 20% of the time. The largest problem is, we often do not have an available home or a home at all in the right location that would be a successful match. This is why our plea for homes in every corner of the state continues.
Our staff is ready for your call! We would love to speak with you and get you qualified right over the phone. You can expect a casual, no-pressure conversation that allows you to ask questions and get the answers you need. The best part is, our foster parent adviser is a retired foster parent herself. She has first-hand knowledge and experience that will assist you in exploring deeper in a decision to foster with CCR. The 5 steps to getting a license are here: the process to become a foster parent.
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A common frustration we hear from prospective foster parents is that their calls or emails have gone unanswered by other foster agencies. We have even heard of folks submitting an application and never hearing from the agency again! We can promise that will NEVER happen at CCR. Responsiveness is the key to successful fostering and communication is vital for both parents and kids. Our exceptional responsiveness begins with your first inquiry and lasts throughout your fostering journey.
If you cannot reach an agency, get a callback, or get a response to an email when you are exploring foster care, imagine what it might be like when you are licensed with that agency and have a foster child in your home? Will the agency be available to you? Will the staff respond or return your calls in an emergency? How long will it be before they help you in a crisis?
PLEASE believe us when we tell you that responsiveness and communication are vitally important to foster parents.
A phone call with our foster parent adviser is honest and transparent so you get the information you need to make the best decision for you and your family.
Questions to expect during your first phone call with us:
If you can offer a flexible schedule, have bedroom space available (kids can share bedrooms), and can provide a clean background check, the rest will most likely fall into place and we can pre-qualify you without issue.
During "normal" times, when we are not social distancing and under stay-at-home orders, it takes 3-4 months to get a CCR foster care license. That time frame has not changed. Our staff is working hard to walk prospective foster parents through the process while practicing social distancing. There really is no better time to begin the application process.
After speaking with our foster parent adviser, she will send you an application via email. In addition, you will receive a questionnaire and a link to the required Wisconsin online foster care training course. When these steps are completed, we will run background checks and have you complete additional paperwork to keep the process moving forward until we are able to visit with you in your home.
Please call Jane and get the answers and information you need to become a foster parent. 800-799-0450
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